Bissell Centre provides low-income families with
free temporary childcare for children 0 to 6 years.
Bissell Centre serves 1,400 children annually and incorporates the “learning through play” model to assist in developing children’s social, emotional, intellectual, and cultural growth.
Our program is designed to foster improved early childhood development outcomes so your child can get the best possible start to life.
Guided by the Play, Participation, and Possibilities – An Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta, our team of Early Childhood Educators plan activities that are fun and enhance development of the whole child. Although we do not formally teach concepts such as counting, ABC’s and math, the activities that are planned for expose the children to all of these concepts and learning happens informally and through hands on activities.
We have three outdoor play areas to encourage play, and plan field trips throughout the summer months, which are included in your costs. Our program also takes great pride in being able to keep parents informed of their child’s learning environment within our centre.
- to provide a warm caring environment which will develop your child’s potential creative, intellectual, emotional, social, and Physical Literacy Skills
- to provide a safe environment that is a natural progression from home to school
- to ensure that your child is cared for and is supervised at all times
- to hire educators that are experienced and well trained to provide the best care and enrichment for your child
- to provide a communication system that ensures parent to educators contact throughout the program year
- to set fees that allow the Centre to operate at a full cost recovery basis
Every child care centre in Alberta is regulated by the Provincial Licensing Standards. Centres are required to meet the mandatory regulations, and are visited regularly by a Licensing Officer to ensure they are in compliance. Reports from these visits are posted in your centre, and are available for parents to view. Any recommendations from these reports are used as an opportunity to improve the centre.